Bidding

  • By Sven Daniel Wolfe
    08.10.2018 /
    This second article in our series on civic contestation of mega-events looks to Russia and the protests that have played out here in spite of the efforts by authorities to stifle and suppress popular resistance.
  • By Dennis Pauschinger, John Lauermann
    08.10.2018 /
    In this first introductory article, Dennis Pauschinger from the University of Neuchâtel and John Lauermann from the City University of New York discuss similarities and differences of the various movements that have arisen and discuss whether it is a global movement, or rather a locally founded ‘globalised way of protesting the World Cup and the Olympics’.
  • Photo: seanknoflick/Flickr
    By Stanis Elsborg
    04.10.2018 /
    Qatar has announced its national development strategy for 2018-2022, which has great emphasis on sport as a major factor in strengthening the country’s economic development and its image internationally. The following analysis is a brief summary of a bigger research conducted by the author.
  • 28.06.2018 /
    The “Foundation for Sports Integrity” was recently launched in a lavish setting that made several participants ask about the source of the money. Two of them were Andreas Selliaas and Jan Jensen, who have tried to track the secret backers of the new initiative.
  • 16.06.2018 /
    In this report about the opening days of the World Cup in Russia, Andreas Selliaas discusses the Saudi Arabian influence in international football, Gianni Infantino’s announcement of running for a new term as FIFA president and the ghost of Sepp Blatter.
  • Photo: Steve Menary
    01.03.2018 /
    The North American bid has taken clear lead in front of Morocco’s before the FIFA decision on the World Cup 2026 hosting. For weighty financial and political reasons, FIFA seems strongly in favour of an American world cup.
  • Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game
    28.11.2017 /
    Will the legacies of major sporting events always be cost overruns, abandoned venues, and human rights clampdowns?
  • Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game
    By Andreas Selliaas
    28.11.2017 /
    Qatar and Russia. Corruption and doping. That is what everybody is talking about at Play the Game 2017 in Eindhoven. The latest developments in both doping and corruption investigations link the two countries closer and closer together. Are we seeing the contours of a collusion between Qatar and Russia in sports?

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